Wildcats Wrap Competition at the Armory Collegiate
NEW YORK - The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats track & field team competed with a limited squad of elite performers on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 7-8) at the Armory Collegiate Invitational presented by NYRR. The Wildcats scored a pair of top-tier field event finishes and several athletes advanced in their respective events.
“I was pleased with a few people this weekend, but overall not impressed with how we looked a week from conference championships,” Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Donald Cooper said. “Everyone has to step it up and step it up now; that's athletes and coaches.”
Topping the squad, freshman high jumper Ed'Ricus Williams placed himself in prime position for the crucial week before the MEAC Indoor Championships. The B-CU rookie placed third in the high jump with a career-best mark of 2.06m (6-09.00 ft.), taking over the top spot in the conference rankings.
Leading the Bethune-Cookman women's finishers at The Armory Track, Breonca Reid reached 5.66m (18-07.00 ft.) to earn eighth place in the long jump.
“Breonca Reid continues to improve in the 60m and is consistent in the long jump,” Cooper noted.
Reid joined Tristie Johnson in advancing to the 60m dash championship semi-final with a career-best time of 7.58 seconds, ranking 21st in the semis. Johnson topped out at 7.54 in the 60m and ranked 14th in the semi-final.
Johnson also came in 14th in the 200m preliminaries with a time of 24.71.
La’Quan Howard led the men’s squad with an 11th-place leap of 14.18m (46-06.25 ft.) in the triple jump.
Tremayne Banks advanced through two rounds in the 60m hurdles championship, ranking second in the preliminary with a time of 7.93, and returning to drop time in the semi-final with a career-best and MEAC-leading 7.86, ranking fifth. However, Banks false started in the final and was eliminated. Junior Saint Preux earned a new personal best of 8.19, but narrowly missed qualifying for the semi-final.
Banks also advanced to the semi-final of the 60m dash championship with a career-best preliminary time of 6.82 seconds. He ranked 14th in the semi-final with a time of 6.85. Angelo Cabrera also advanced to the semis, ranking 26th with a top time of 6.93.
With his performance in New York, Banks has met the qualification standard in the 60m hurdles for the USATF Nationals, Feb. 22-23 in Albuquerque, N.M. He joins Johnson (60m) and Michael Tiller (triple jump) in qualifying for the meet.
Next on the slate is the most crucial meet of the indoor season, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The conference meet is set for Feb. 11-15 in Landover, Md.
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